Canada and Alberta invest in over 360 projects to upgrade housing for seniors and families in 95 communities 

News release

Calgary, Alberta, June 2, 2021—The health and well-being of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Alberta. Investments in Alberta’s public infrastructure during this extraordinary time help keep people safe, while also creating jobs, supporting local businesses and economies, and making communities more sustainable and resilient.

Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced funding for 362 infrastructure projects that will repair and upgrade housing for seniors and families with low income in 95 communities across the province. They were accompanied at the announcement by the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors; The Honourable Josephine Pon, Alberta’s Minister of Seniors; and Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary.

For example, in Calgary and Edmonton, the funding will help improve the facilities’ ventilation, air conditioning and heating systems, and upgrade security and fire systems, among other projects. Other communities across the province, including Fort Chipewyan, Hinton, Okotoks, Spruce Grove, Olds and Wetaskiwin, will also benefit from accessibility upgrades, updates to nurse call systems, and roof replacements in order to protect the safety of residents, staff and visitors.

The Government of Canada is investing nearly $25.6 million in these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program with the Alberta government providing nearly $6.4 million. In total, this represents a combined infrastructure investment of more than $31.9 million.

Quotes

“Our government is taking strong action to protect the health and safety of all Canadians by investing in projects that will grow local economies as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s announcement of nearly $25.6 million in federal funding is integral to this work, as it will improve housing facilities for seniors and families across Alberta. The Government of Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“We’re committed to delivering results for seniors in Alberta. These renovations will help prevent infection transmission, increase safety and enhance seniors’ quality of life in apartments and lodges that provide them independent and supportive living. In particular, upgrading ventilation systems to ensure cleaner air will be critical to the health and safety of residents.”

The Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors

“By investing in these infrastructure projects today, the Alberta government is taking care of its facilities for the future, while creating good-paying local jobs and promoting healthy economic activity in Alberta communities right when the help is needed most.”

Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure

“By investing in capital maintenance and renewal projects, Alberta’s government is ensuring seniors and families in 95 communities across the province have access to a safe, secure, and affordable place to call home, while protecting livelihoods by putting Albertans to work.”

Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“If we have learned anything over this past year, it’s the importance of everyone in our community having a safe place to call home. I am glad that all orders of government have been able to work together to ensure that these necessary upgrades are complete.”

Naheed K. Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary

“I'm pleased Edmontonians will benefit from these federal and provincial investments that will help create much-needed jobs while improving family and seniors housing in Edmonton. Overall, this investment is helping to ensure we're building back from this pandemic in a more resilient way.”

Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton

Quick facts

  • To support Canadians and communities during the current pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.

  • Under the COVID-19 Resilience Stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is 80 per cent in the provinces, and 100 per cent in the Territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.

  • Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

  • As part of the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada has invested over $5 billion in more than 430 infrastructure projects in Alberta.

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Michelle Johnston
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-298-7386
michelle.johnston@canada.ca

Hadyn Place
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure
780-643-6322
Hadyn.Place@gov.ab.ca

Adrienne Beattie
Senior Communications Strategist
Office of the Mayor, The City of Calgary
403-333-2272
adrienne.beattie@calgary.ca

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